Rays announce that outfielder Colby Rasmus is stepping away from baseball

Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus was on the disabled list with a hip injury heading into the All-Star break, but now he might miss the rest of the season with what sounds like an unrelated matter. 

The Rays released a statement: 

Rays Tampa Bay Times beat writer Marc Topkin further reports that Rasmus isn't expected to return to the team this season.

On the field, he was having a productive offensive season. In just 37 games, Rasmus was hitting .281/.318/.579 with seven doubles, a triple and nine homers. 

For the Rays, they'll stick with Mallex Smith in center and Steven Souza in right field. In left, it appears they'll have to continue with the Peter Bourjos/Shane Peterson combo, unless they pick up some help ahead of the trade deadline. Remember, they're contending this season. 

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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